Conjugate ouvrir, découvrir and derivatives in Le Présent (present tense)

The verb ouvrir (to open) is irregular in Le Présent :

Although it is an -ir verb, it conjugates like an -er verb!

j'ouvre I open
tu ouvres You open (one person you know well)
il/elle/on ouvre He/She/One opens - We/People open
nous ouvrons We open
vous ouvrez You open (more than 1 person or formal)
ils/elles ouvrent They open

 

These other -vrir verbs follow the same conjugation pattern: 

couvrir (to cover)
découvrir (to discover)
recouvrir (to recover / to cover entirely)
rouvrir / réouvrir (to reopen)
redécouvrir (to rediscover)

Listen to these examples:

J'ouvre la porte tout doucement.
I open the door very slowly.

Pourquoi est-ce que tu rouvres les rideaux ?
Why are you reopening the curtains?

Et dans le coffre, Alain découvre une carte au trésor!
And in the chest, Alain discovers a treasure map!

Nous redécouvrons cet artiste.
We're rediscovering this artist.

Puis, vous couvrez la tarte de crème anglaise.
Then, you cover the pie with custard.

A minuit, les enfants ouvrent leurs cadeaux.
At midnight, the children open their presents.



See also Conjugate offrir et souffrir in Le Présent (present tense)

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Examples and resources

A minuit, les enfants ouvrent leurs cadeaux.
At midnight, the children open their presents.


Nous redécouvrons cet artiste.
We're rediscovering this artist.


Comment on ouvre ce pot?
How do we open this jar?


Pourquoi est-ce que tu rouvres les rideaux ?
Why are you reopening the curtains?


J'ouvre la porte tout doucement.
I open the door very slowly.


Puis, vous couvrez la tarte de crème anglaise.
Then, you cover the pie with custard.


Et dans le coffre, Alain découvre une carte au trésor!
And in the chest, Alain discovers a treasure map!


Q&A

Michelle

Kwiziq community member

2 November 2018

1 reply

Mistake

There is something wrong with the questions for this topic. I conjugated ouvrir and poursuivre in the present, which it asked me to, but it corrected to passé simple. I thought I was going nuts when it told me that I open is J'ouvris, not J'ouvre. Can you please this check out and fix it? Thank you.

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

3 November 2018

3/11/18

Bonjour Michelle,

Thanks for writing. I looked at this lesson and kwiz and everything seems to be correct. Can you please take the kwiz again and send a screenshot of the corrections page to https://french.kwiziq.com/contact-us so that tech support can take a look?

Clever stuff underway!